How to Ace a Phone Interview

How to Ace a Phone Interview

BY ADRIANA DELOR (mba ’15)

Should you treat a phone interview any differently than an in-person interview?

Job candidates should be vigilant when it comes to conveying the right tone over the phone, according to a workshop the Women’s Business Connection recently hosted on “How to Ace Phone Interviews,” led by 2013 graduate Satiya Witzer. Confidence can easily come off as arrogance, while timidness might signal a lack of leadership potential, Witzer cautions.

The best approach, she says, is to be self-aware. Take note of the areas in which you excel during mock interviews with your peers. Likewise, observe and learn from the areas your peers have mastered. Record yourself practicing and play it back.

Perhaps most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help or request an extra practice session. Phone interviews may seem daunting – but with some practice, you’ll be able to convey the right kind of tone and message.

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